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With no material, no shows and a skeletal social media presence to their name, Cera is very much a band in its infancy. ‘Another Way You Want It’ shows no signs of that though.

Full of deft electronic touches, irresistibly alluring vocals, crisp percussion and velvety melodies, the first track released by the girl-boy duo boasts a fleshed-out and sophisticated sound that belies that infancy. Bursting with energy but still beautifully laid back, it falls short of dance and produces too much electricity to be downtempo; instead, it finds a stunning middle ground.

And it’s settled there. Though it could have been easy to contort the track, mix it up and increase its production values out of naivety and/or excitement, Cera show restraint and allow the track to settle into its own groove and open up naturally.

So while not overly ambitious, ‘Another Way You Want It’ is anything but dreary, mid-tempo music; it’s sultry, irresistible and bubbling vivaciously under the surface. And when it comes to pop, we wouldn’t want it any other way, would we?

Words by Chris Haywood

Tipped by Adam from Alphabet Bands

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